Healthcare for profit

Chapter 11



How such wolf-philosophy works in practice is not difficult to see.



Gigantic money-palaces in black slums was the hideous evidence of its pathological nature in my vagabond years.



Today money is only placed in white neighborhoods and surrounded by a host of homeless blacks, unknown in the past.



Money there is plenty of in the corporate world, but why then is there no money for my crippled friend Lee who must sit outside every day and beg for pennies.



Lee told me that he went to law school in his youth, but had to give up his career because he got polio. He still studies, and I got several books for him on the topic which interested him most, namely business law, which he still believed would be a means of pulling himself up by his bootstraps.



Lee was not only a travesty of his own American cracker-barrel philosophy, but moreover a victim because this same social disease determines that American doctors shall make so much money that the poor cannot afford them.



While all other developed countries have free universal health care, American doctors operate as businessmen with the result that the health of the poor is on Third World levels and tens of thousands are dying for reasons they would not have died from in Europe.



Why should the middle class pay less than 4% of their income on health care while the poor must pay more than 15% (for dilatory third and fourth class care) with the result that the most affluent part of white America is as healthy as Denmark, but poor (black) health is comparable to many underdeveloped countries?



Why are there fewer doctors per capita in black ghettos than even in Central Africa and why don't they ever pay home visits there?



In the Norfolk ghetto I spent a whole day comforting a grief-stricken lonesome man, whose wife had died the night before because he was unable to get her to the doctor.



I suddenly couldn't help feeling a deep guilt, like the boy who cried wolf, recalling the many mornings in my youth when the doctor was called for my "stomach ache" because I had not done my homework for school.





Few can afford to cry wolf in the midst of the wolf-society, where health care for profit is a deadly business indeed: 24,000 blacks die annually from lack of "white medical care." The man on the right photo had an open gaping hole in his stomach. Without treatment he could not eat this, "his last supper," and died two days after my photo. The Texas millionaires on the left seemed to suffer from a different kind of "stomach ache".



39,500 American women die annually in childbirth for lack of "Scandinavian health care," while American men's life expectancy ranks only 35th among U.N. member nations. Europeans and Canadians are shocked when they hear that millions of Americans have no health coverage and get no home visits - even though Americans pay twice as much for health care.



Having to also pay for education this makes them too broke to afford the 5 week round-the-world vacations of ordinary Europeans. (See more on how much money you save in a welfare state with free national health care here).



Health care for profit - benefiting a few doctors and a huge unnecessary bureaucracy - obviously makes the majority of Americans suffer.